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Daughter Got Chickenpox Even Though She Has Had the Chickenpox Vaccine...

Has this happen to anyone else? My 4 1/2 year old daughter woke up with chickenpox on the day she was suppose to start her first day of kindergarden. She has had the chickenpox vaccine at 1 years old and again at 4 which was this past October. I took her to the doctor and they said yes it was chicken pox. She only has about 50 of them which on on her bottom and on the back of her legs. No where else. My question is: Have anyone else child got chicken pox even though they have had the vaccine?

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Thank you all you wonderful mommy and daddy's out there that responded to my post. I glad to no that I am not the only one that has gone through this. My daughter will go back to the dr monday morning to see when she can get the ok to enter school. Hopefully this week with be her first day of kinder:)

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Vaccinations don't always prevent, but they can sometimes lessen. They don't prevent nearly as much as they'd have you believe. It's incredibly common.

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I have not had it happen to my kids but I have heard it is possible. They usually get a mild case instead of a severe one if they do get it. Sorry you are going through this.

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My daughter had the vaccine at either 12 or 15 months (I forget) and then got chicken pox from lovely daycare at 16 months. I called the Dr. when she had all these red bumps on her becuase I thought it was allergies or a rash or something. When they asked me what it looked like I told them it looked like cp, but she had been vaccinated. They told me that the vaccine mostly takes away the illness of the disease and lessens the intensity. They also told me that she was not contagious because of the vax, and daycare agreed and let her in the next day (I called to ask first, I didn't just hsow up with her.) She only had about 50 dots and no fever, itching, etc.

It is one of the vax that we considered skipping, but I'm glad that she had both. Now she is even less likely to get them again when it can be more uncomfortable and dangerous. :)

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The chicken pox vaccine does NOT prevent a child from getting the chicken pox. It does lessen the severity if/when they get the chicken pox. This is why I hate that they require this vaccine now.

The myth of you can't get chicken pox once you have had chicken pox is bogus too. Once you have it, it lessens your chances of getting it again but the milder the case, the more likely you are to get it again. I know from experience. When I was a toddler I had a mild case, then when my little sisters got it when I was 10, I got it again and worse then they had it. I now have scars even though I never scratched them. My son had a bad case when he was 8 months, he also has scars. The doctor says his case was also bad enough that he shouldn't get it again but nothing is 100%. He wasn't required to have the vaccine since he had already had it.

I think that it is good to let kids get the virus if they are going to get it when they are young to build their immunity (seems to work better than the vaccine) since getting chicken pox as a teen or adult can be much more serious. No, I don't agree with taking a child around it so they can get it but I disagree with the vaccine.

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Vaccinations don't always prevent, but they can sometimes lessen. They don't prevent nearly as much as they'd have you believe. It's incredibly common.

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I have not had it happen to my kids but I have heard it is possible. They usually get a mild case instead of a severe one if they do get it. Sorry you are going through this.

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The vaccination lessens the severity should the child get it :) Good thing she had the vaccination, it would've been a lot worse had she not had it, yay :)

Sorry to another mom, but yes getting the vaccine lessens the severity in a large quantity of kids. They don't just inject water in you. Sometimes a child's genetics or immune system will be a case that it may not coincide with the vaccine and there may be a case where it is severe, but most will lessen the severity. But as J. can see with her child it was less severe than usual chicken pox.

The US became wimps when TSA was born lol There's a difference in trying to lessen diseases, which is compassion, and being over-paranoid about every little thing. 100 people die of chicken pox every year and it would be way more without the vaccine which is proven through past numbers before the vaccine was licensed in 1995.

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just about every one of my friends who had their kids get the vax, has gotten the chicken pox. This is one of the reasons why I am not doing this vax with my kids

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Way before the vaccine existed, I had chickenpox as a baby, when my older brothers had it. I had about 6 spots and a mild fever and never got it again. My younger sister got chicken pox at age 18. She missed FOUR WEEKS of school. She had multiple waves of spots over her entire body. The spots were uncountable. She was very sick and miserable.

Your daughter is benefiting from the vaccinations.

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The vax does not eliminate the risk, it just lessens the severity if contracted. The illness prior to breaking out w/a rash is the worst part, you should be thankful your daughter got such a mild case, YEAH for you guys...could have been a lot worse! I notice you're not too far away from us...makes me wonder if there is going to be an outbreak soon, ugh! And, of course it had to present itself on the first day of school :) figures!

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My daughter had the vaccine at either 12 or 15 months (I forget) and then got chicken pox from lovely daycare at 16 months. I called the Dr. when she had all these red bumps on her becuase I thought it was allergies or a rash or something. When they asked me what it looked like I told them it looked like cp, but she had been vaccinated. They told me that the vaccine mostly takes away the illness of the disease and lessens the intensity. They also told me that she was not contagious because of the vax, and daycare agreed and let her in the next day (I called to ask first, I didn't just hsow up with her.) She only had about 50 dots and no fever, itching, etc.

It is one of the vax that we considered skipping, but I'm glad that she had both. Now she is even less likely to get them again when it can be more uncomfortable and dangerous. :)

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from what i researched you can still get the chicken pox even if having the vaccine, but the case of pox is lighter than what it normally would be.

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Happened to both of my kids!
My son got them the day before his 5th birthday. 6 kids total in his daycare class all got them the same morning ...

My daughter got them at 18m shortly after getting the vaccine.

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it happens. even people who have actually had it can get it again. that's why there is so much talk about this vaccine, is it necessary, or is it just another way to rip people off and shoot up our kids, etc etc.

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It happens sometimes. The good thing is that she will probably get a very mild case of chickenpox since she's been vaccinated. It's weird that it's only on her bottom and legs, usually chickenpox is everywhere: arms, legs, ears, face, trunk, scalp, and sometimes on the genitals.
My cousin actually had the chickenpox twice. This was way back in the day before the shot came out. I had it when I was 5 and I still remember how terrible and itchy it was. Good Luck!

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Responding to Cheryl O.

I had always heard you couldn't get chicken pox a second time but my son proved that theory wrong this past year. He had them at 2 years old. I had him scheduled for the vaccine and he broke out two days before:(

So then the theory is he must not have had a bad case. Well, I have the pictures to prove he was covered head to toe at 2 years old. They were everywhere.

Then last year he started breaking out and I couldn't figure out what was going on because I knew he already had chicken pox. Again, he had them on every part of his body but not nearly as many this time.

So... I'm here to tell you - yes - they can definitely get them more than once.

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It's totally normal to get a mild case of the chicken pox after getting the vaccine. The vaccine doesn't guarantee that your child won't ever get the chicken pox. The chances go down dramatically but they're not eliminated. Your kids will likely need a booster shot in several years as well.

Luckily, though, having the vaccine means that she likely has a much milder case than if she didn't have the vaccine. I wish I'd had the vaccine as a child. I was miserable for two solid weeks. I had them on my tongue, down my throat, and it even hurt when I peed. :-( My niece had a pock on the iris of her eye and has to wear glasses because of the hole it put in her eye because of it.

The case your daughter has sounds very mild. Be thankful. :-)

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Yes, it happens. About 20 - 25% of kids get chickenpox after having the vaccination. Count your chickens... all pun intended, that she had had the shot. 50 pox is NOTHING, and was so much easier on her than a full blown case would have been. My older son got chicken pox at 14 months, and was covered from head to toe. I took a picture of him getting into the tub full of oatmeal, and when the picture came back, I counted his pox - there were over 270 of them, just that I could count from a picture on his back!

My second son was able to get the vaccine that had just come out. At the end of kindergarten, he got chickenpox. His fever was not nearly as high as my first son's - 100.5 or so instead of 104.5. He played at home and was in a decent mood - he only had 40 pox. My older son was as sick as a dog and laid in the floor moaning. It was awful seeing him like that.

I just want you to know that it happens, but it's still okay. She would have been so much more sick, I promise.

D.

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Yes - you can get them. I've heard the vaccine is only 85% effective. So to me it's worth getting the vaccine but I know there is still that possiblity. And you can also get them more than once. It is very unusual but can happen. My mom had them 3 times ! All three were pretty bad cases too. Hopefully your daughter will get over them pretty quick and it will be a mild case.

I have a home day care and one of the kiddi's got chicken pox even though age was vaccinated. Luckily she was the only one and it only lasted 5-6 days and she only had about 20 poxs.

my daughter got her first bout of it at 5 months then gave it to me in the form of shingles. then i gave it back to her. so in my life i have had the virus 4 times and she has had it twice and she still got vaccinated for it because had it so young.

A friend of mines son had it last year and he was in Third Grade. I didn't believe her at first, but then she said you can still get chicken pox with the vaccine, but a mild case of it.

My sister's son did ... twice!

When I was a kid I had the vaccine and I ended up getting the chicken pox twice. Yes twice. I had a mild case first then I had it really bad. When I had it really bad they had started in my head as huge boil looking things that bled. It was not fun.

aaawww i'm sorry...

Yes, it happens...the vaccine doesn't always PREVENT it from happening...it does, in MANY CASES, lessen the severity of it...

I have heard people say they have had it twice - but I don't see that as an actuality as once you get it - your body is immune to it....who knows! I could be wrong!! :)

Yep. When my son was about 3 he had chicken pox. No illness or fever and only ONE pox in the middle of his back. Dr said it was a bug bite. Yeah right! Ten days later my daughter and I both came down with the chicken pox! She had a bunch off pox develop one day. Had a low fever and felt slightly ill the next day. And then they all just faded away. They never fully developed or itched and it was no big deal. I, on the other hand, had never had a vaccine and was so sick I thought I was gonna die! And had pox all over me for about a week! Horrid! So, yes, you can get it still - just a milder case.

my son is 15 & has had 2 doctor-diagnosed, full-blown cases of chickenpox. 1st was at age 4, 2nd at age 13. The 2nd round totally sucked! We also believe he's had 2 other rounds, which were mild.

After the 2nd round, our dr recommended that we look into immunity/antibody testing. He believes that our son is not maintaining his levels....duh! Anyway, he also said that our son would be a candidate for developing shingles....woohoo.

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